According to Wikipedia, Tanka (短歌, “short poem”) is a genre of classical Japanese poetry and one of the major genres of Japanese literature.
A Tanka consists of 5 lines and 31 syllables. Each line has a set number of syllables see below:
Line 1 – 5 syllables
Line 2 – 7 syllables
Line 3 – 5 syllables
Line 4 – 7 syllables
Line 5 – 7 syllables
This is my 95th poem of 2017 and I am well on my way to putting together a collection of poems to reflect the struggles of disabled people in 21st century Britain. I would like to publish these poems in a book to be released in 2018, and I am close to finding a team of illustrators to help me add images to my words and create the type of book that I envisage. I am speaking with students from Glyndwr University who are interested in collaborating with me on this exciting project. More details when available.
On Friday I was accused of being a conformist for strictly adhering to the rules of writing a Tanka. We cant have that as I pride myself on being a non-conformist so I will consider breaking out of the poetic shackles in the near future.
So close, yet so far away
Rivals in tatters
In cahoots with terrorists
While we strengthen our platform